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:: Funding Boost for P9
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is matching funds invested by Canadian mining companies to support two research streams within AMIRA International's long running P9 mineral processing project.
More than CAD$90,000 has been pledged to support work into gas dispersion and flotation cell characterisation during 2002.
NSERC may provide a further CAD$178,600 for work conducted in 2003 and 2004 pending satisfactory progress in the project.
It has also set aside CAD$64,000 to support research into predicting steel media wear in mills over the next 3 years.
McGill University, Montreal, is conducting the research in both these areas for project P9M, Optimising mineral processes through modelling and simulation.
Work to predict steel media wear in mills began in the P9 project in 1998 at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at University of Queensland and aims to find ways to extend the life of grinding mill components. This work at McGill University will build on the initial program at JKMRC.
Gas dispersion and flotation cell characterisation research is more advanced, and is currently focusing on validation of a range of sensors and other measuring devices to monitor the pulp and froth phases in an industrial scale flotation cell. The validation work is being undertaken at sponsors' sites, principally Noranda's Brunswick base metal operations in New Brunswick, Canada.
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